About the Product
- More Signature Style - 2K Sports adds to its impressive library of player-specific animations with more than 300 new signature animations, bringing players to life at the plate, on the mound and in the field, allowing you to play ball like never before.
- Franchise Mode - Take charge of your franchise and enjoy the all-new MLB.com presentation style, a new level of CPU customization, multi-player functionality, and player ambitions.
- Inside Edge 2009 - Inside Edge produces remarkably accurate player tendencies. With more than 6 years of scouting reports infused into the action on the field, Inside Edge ensures that players react to in-game situations as they would in real life
- Brand New Commentary - Gary Thorne provides the play-by-play calls alongside color analyst Steve Phillips, giving a new perspective and more depth for a true-to-life, insightful broadcast<LI2K Presentation - An all-new Virtual Director brings in-game broadcasts to life in real-time with smart camera placement, angles, and cuts. Also included are in depth analysis with K-Cam, pitch and hit tracker
- 2K Beats - Featuring Judas Priest, Cheap Trick, Coheed & Cambria, SR-71, The Romantics, Boys Like Girls, and Europe
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Top Customer Reviews
First of all, it does have a number of good aspects, even in comparison to MLB The Show 09. The announcing, for one thing, is far superior to The Show, and the ESPN style presentation is done very well. The stadium and gameplay sounds are also very good, and serve to create the MLB ballpark atmosphere very well.
Graphics are a mixed bag: while a few of the player models look like the real thing, most are just generic models, and some don't resemble the real life players AT ALL. For instance, Alexei Ramirez (White Sox) is a dark-skinned/black Cuban player- in this game version he looks Mexican- not even the correct skin tone, let alone looking at all like the real guy. Likewise, while some of the batting stances and pitching motions look just like the real players, many more do not, and unlike MLB The Show, are not editable. Stadium graphics are better, though nothing too special. Player ratings seem a bit skewed, particularly towards power ratings being way too high for most players, and pitcher's control ratings also generally way too good, though these are at least editable. However, you can't edit certain things, like types of pitches for real-life pitchers....Read more ›
The bad: Very steep learning curve to figure out how to control the game. I use a keyboard and it took me over a week. I still haven't figured out all the controls. Unfortunately the instruction book doesn't really help, nor does the official website. Partly because of the controls, I find that I have to set the game on rookie settings to have any chance of winning.
I still have fun playing it, and for the low price it is worth it if you really want a baseball game. But don't buy it unless you are ready to be patient with the learning curve.
Here are a couple hints: Use the  keys to navigate menus. Sometimes you have to use the right mouse button to navigate menus too, even though the instructions on screen tell you to press escape.
The keys to use for pitching are numberpad 0 (down), 4 (left), 8(up), and 6 (right). To hit the ball, press 0 THEN 8.
Example of how to use the onscreen pitching instructions: If the instruction tell you to start with left, and then sweep around counterclockwise to the top, you should actually press 4 (left) THEN 0 (down). You just start the sweep, but you can't finish it, at least not on the keyboard. But it will give you the proper pitch.
Hope that helps. Would have been nice if the instruction booklet would have explained it, though.
My first frustration was with the pitching mechanism. It seems that it is extremely hard to pitch to spots in the strike zone. Therefore, the hitters get hits most of the time even when facing excellent pitchers (even if they are lousy hitters in real life). After the hitter hits the ball to the field you can't hesitate or the hitter gets extra bases. I would like to see options to allow the computer to take over fielding and throwing, allowing the gamer to concentrate on hitting, base running and pitching. While the graphics are excellent it is frustrating not to be able to play the game because of very poor documentation and virtual no computer assistance. If I were you I would wait to buy this game until 2K Sports remedies the problems that have been mentioned in my review.
The game's general playability is marred by quite a few glitches that were fixed but only partially and only after a few months.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The game is great. I am 52 years old and this is my first purchase of a video game ever, I'm loving it.Published 3 months ago by RUBEDOG
I have the version of the game for the PlayStation 2, and it works fine in that format. However this game in the PC format won't follow keyboard, or X-Box 360 controller set... Read morePublished on August 11, 2012 by gamming vet
This game is not only bad but the person selling it says that it works on windows XP but it actually does not. Read morePublished on April 4, 2011 by wc woman
Let me start off by saying this: which decent company would release such a horrible peice of crap? The controlls are terrible, the commands are not responding, I am owning it for a... Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by The Grand Canyon State
I'm a huge baseball fan and bought this game to pass whatever free time I had in Afghanistan. This isn't a gaming experience that will keep you up into the wee-hours of the morning... Read morePublished on January 1, 2010 by EchoesIE
I have been having problems with the speed of this game from day 1. Technical support has tried to help me but basically they want me to eliminate everything in my computer and use... Read morePublished on December 24, 2009 by Ernesto Gonzalez
If you are like me and have waited a number of years for a PC baseball game.....you will wan't to buy this. But just don't. Read morePublished on October 8, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Just a terrible disappointment. It's breathtaking that a company would release a game onto the market without providing instructions on how to control the play with either PC... Read morePublished on September 1, 2009 by Chip